Santa Fe Trail Association

Trail Events

 

 

SANTA FE TRAIL ASSOCIATION CALENDAR OF EVENTS--2018

To determine events being held at the National Park sites along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, please visit the following links:
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site -- http://www.nps.gov/beol/planyourvisit/calendar.htm 
Fort Larned National Historic Site -- http://www.nps.gov/fols/planyourvisit/calendar.htm 
Fort Union National Monument -- http://www.nps.gov/foun/planyourvisit/calendar.htm 
Pecos National Historic Park -- http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/index.htm

 

------September Events ------

September 14 &15, 2018:  Mountain Men Rendezvous at the Mission, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Open to the Public. For more information contact director, Mark Brooks, Mark.Brooks@ks.gov or 620-767-5410.

September 14 &15, 2018: Voices of the Wind People pageant, in the old Neosho Riverbed Amphitheater at 8pm each night. Tickets available through the Council Grove Chamber of Commerce, 207 W. Main Street, Council Grove, KS 66846; TEL: 620-767-5413; E-MAIL: voicesotwp@gmail.com 
September 15, 2018:  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site--Hispanic Heritage Day. One 19th -century visitor remarked that, “Spanish is the prevailing language spoken at the fort…” Come visit as the rich and colorful history of Mexico’s frontier comes alive with period adobe work, music and dance, trading, cooking, storytelling, livestock use demonstrations and other special programs. For more information, Call (719) 383-5026.
September 15, 2018:   End of the Trail Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association program.  Presentation by Camilla Kattell, author of At the Confluence of Two Cultures:  William and George Bent Confront Manifest Destiny 1829-1918.  1:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Public Library Southside Branch, 6599 Jaquar Drive, Santa Fe, NM.  For more information: Joy Poole at amusejoy@msn.com or 505-820-7828.
September 20, 2018:  Santa Fe Trail Association Board of Directors Meeting, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Santa Fe Trail Center, 1349 K-156 Highway, Larned, KS.

September 20-22, 2018:  The 19th biennial Rendezvous history seminar will explore this year’s theme, Death on the Santa Fe Trail through presentations by scholars, authorities on Trail history, re-enactors, and through living history presentations.  This is a 50th anniversary of the National Trails Act event. More details will be available at: www.santafetrailcenter.org

 

------October Events ------

October 13, 2018:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association field trip to historic sites in the vicinity of Kim, CO.  For more information, contact chapter president Kevin Lindahl at kc0riy@live.com or 719-469-1894.
October 20, 2018:  Corazón de los Caminos Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, tour of the Santa Fe Trail ruts and swales at Fort Union National Monument - Doyle Daves, leader.  For more information, contact chapter president, Doyle Daves at davesgd@aim.com or 505-426-8958.

October 20, 2018:  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site--Native American Heritage Day. The park celebrates the close relationship between the fort and the tribes of the Plains. Talks, videos, and demonstrations will highlight the stories of the Plains Tribes. Workshops may include Native American skills such as beadwork and parfleche making (rawhide containers).  For more information, Call (719) 383-5026.
October 21, 2018:  Kaw Mission Council - Kansas Native American. “The Osage Nation-Children of the Middle Waters,” presented by Mike Dickey, Arrow Rock Site Administrator, at 2 p.m. Open to the Public. A suggested donation will accepted. Refreshments will be served after the program by the Friends of Kaw Heritage.  For more information contact director, Mark Brooks, Mark.Brooks@ks.gov or 620-767-5410.

 

------November Events ------

November 10, 2018:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association Education Meeting.  For more information, contact chapter president Kevin Lindahl at kc0riy@live.com or 719-469-1894.
November 17, 2018:  Corazón de los Caminos Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, 10:30 a.m. membership meeting with speaker, followed by lunch.  Meet at Charlies Spic and Span, 715 Douglas Ave, Las Vegas.  For more information, contact chapter president, Doyle Daves at davesgd@aim.com or 505-426-8958.

November 17, 2018:   End of the Trail Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association program.  Presentation by Leo Oliva, PhD, “Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail,”  1:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Public Library Southside Branch, 6599 Jaquar Drive, Santa Fe, NM.  For more information: Joy Poole at amusejoy@msn.com or 505-820-7828.

 

------December Events ------

December 6.2018:  Christmas Open House at the Kaw Mission State Historic Site, 500 North Mission, Council Grove, Kansas, 7 p.m, Open to the Public. A suggested donation will accepted. Refreshments will be served by the Friends of Kaw Heritage. For more information contact director, Mark Brooks, Mark.Brooks@ks.gov or 620-767-5410.

December 7 – 8, 2018:  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site--Traditional Holiday Celebration.  Witness the holiday pleasures and pastimes of the 1840s at an isolated trading post. Period games, foods, and festivities will enliven the fort. Reservations needed for the evening candlelight tours, phone (719) 383-5026 starting November 1, 2018.  For more information, Call (719) 383-5026.
December 8, 2018:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association Board Planning Meeting.  For more information, contact chapter president Kevin Lindahl at kc0riy@live.com or 719-469-1894.

 

------FUTURE EVENTS------

--SANTA FE TRAIL ASSOCIATION 2019 EVENTS
March 22-23, 2019: SFTA Spring Workshop/Board of Directors Meeting, Dodge City, KS
Sept. 25, 2019:   SFTA Fall Board of Directors Meeting, St. Louis, MO 
Sept. 25-28, 2019:  SFTA Symposium, “Gateway to Santa Fe,” St. Louis, MO.

 

--SANTA FE TRAIL ASSOCIATION 2020 EVENTS
 April 16-18, 2020:  SFTA Spring Board of Directors Meeting, Location TBD
Sept. 24, 2020:   SFTA Fall Board of Directors Meeting, Larned, KS
Sept. 24-26, 2020:   Rendezvous 2020, Larned, KS

 

--SANTA FE TRAIL ASSOCIATION 2021 EVENTS including 200th Commemoration Activities
April 17, 2021:  SFTA Spring Board of Directors Meeting, Location TBD
May 8, 2021:  McPherson County All-Schools Day, Cottonwood Crossing & Quivira Chapter event.
June 12, 2021:  Symphony in the Flint Hills on the Santa Fe Trail.

September 1, 2021:  Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association to host Official 200th Commemoration Activity:  To acknowledge the departure of William Becknell and companions, MRO will host a short program at the site of the SFTA markers at Franklin, then day-long activities at Arrow Rock, MO.  This will be a joint commemoration with Arrow Rock Missouri State  Park (DNR) and Friends of Arrow Rock.  More details to follow. 

September 4-5, 2021, Official 200th Commemoration Activity:  Weekend commemoration at Fort Osage.  Sponsored by MRO/SFTA, Jackson County Parks & Rec and the Society of Friends of Fort Osage.  More details to follow. 

September 8, 2021, Official 200th Commemoration ActivityMissouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association will host a program at Nine-Mile Point, Weltner Park at 79th and State Line Road in Prairie Village, KS.  Nine-Mile Point is the location where the early trace of the Santa Fe Trail crossed the Missouri state line in the 1820s. The site also represents the earliest official government documentation of any location on the Santa Fe Trail. In 1821 William Becknell and his small group of men on horseback documented this site as they traveled from frontier Missouri to Mexico’s northern colonial outpost, Santa Fe.  The first wagons to carry freight over the Santa Fe Trail crossed here in 1822. More details to follow. 

Sept. 22, 2021:   SFTA Fall Board of Directors Meeting, LaJunta, CO

Sept. 22-26, 2021 Official 200th Commemoration Activity:  SFTA Symposium hosted by the Bent’s Fort Chapter and the Bent’s Fort National Historic Site.  Events will be held in La Junta, CO & at Bent’s Old Fort NHS and will include speakers, tours, and living history.  More details to follow.   

 

 

 

 


Our Mission
The mission of the Santa Fe Trail Association is to protect and preserve the Santa Fe Trail and to promote awareness of the historical legacy associated with it.  The Santa Fe Trail Association’s purposes are exclusively charitable and educational within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.